Refusing to pay for the debt, two Athenians decide to leave their city. Guided by mysterious crow calls, they wander through a desolate urban landscape until they reach a zone of passage and are spirited to an ancient forest, the Realm of the Birds. Here they meet the Hoopoe, half-bird half-woman, who tells them how the birds live by sharing their resources amid the magical forces of the forest. However, one of the men has other plans for the birds. Though far from easy, the inter-species encounter will be illuminating for all.
Some 2,500 years after it was written, an experimental adaptation of Aristophanes’ "The Birds". Between a contemporary Athens marked by crisis and the forest of La Gomera, Ancient Greek and Silbo (an endangered whistled language that forms part of a long tradition of resistance), comes a tale of flight, loss and reenchantment in a space of refuge where new alliances can emerge between different species, temporalities and languages.

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  • Rinio Kyriazi
  • Tassos Raptis
  • Kostas Vassardanis
  • Ana Luz Arteaga
  • Kico Correa
  • and students of the Colegio de Playa de Santiago
  • Written and directed by: Graeme Thomson & Silvia Maglioni
  • Image: Thomas Favel, Panagiotis Vasilakis, Graeme Thomson
  • Sound: Mathieu Villien, Yannis Karamitros, Silvia Maglioni
  • Assistant director: Eleni Gioti
  • Editing: Laurence Larre, Silvia Maglioni, Graeme Thomson
  • Sound Editing & Mix: Thomas Fourel
  • Music & Sound Design: Graeme Thomson
  • Colour grading: Yannig Willmann
  • Saxophone: Cathy Heyden
  • 2K HD
  • Colour, B&W
  • 84’
  • Dolby SRD
  • Languages: Ancient Greek, Silbo Gomero


  • Tënk
  • CNC
  • Le Fresnoy
  • CNAP
  • Pictanovo
  • SCAM
  • Les films du Bilboquet, Drakkar Films, Poteau d'Angle - France
  • ARCTOS Films - Greece


  • STUDIO DES URSULINES • dans le cadre de CREAVIS, 14.06.2021, Paris
  • National Theater Mannheim • 18.06.2021, Allemagne

projections and selections in Festivals

  • HEAD, Geneva / ECAL, Lausanne / EDHEA, Sierre MAPS Online - Art Master Symposium 24 March 2021 • Common Birds is presented and screened as part of the Symposium: “On fugitive presences of resistance: the cinema of Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson”
  • Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin (Louvre) • February 23-28, 2021, France
  • Online on Tënk • 21 août -21octobre 2020
  • 32e édition des Etats généraux du film dAcumentaire dans la sélection Tënk • 16-22 août 2020, Lussas
  • Thessaloniki International Films Festival • Octobre 2019 Greece
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam Perspective, Wait & See • jan-fer 2020, Pays Bas
  • Berlin International Critics Week • February 19-27, 2020, Allemagne